High court orders California to release thousands of prisoners


Published time: October 16, 2013 16:47

Chino State Prison in Chino, California. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Kevork Djansezian)

Chino State Prison in Chino, California. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Kevork Djansezian)



On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court rejected an appeal to halt the early release of thousands of California prison inmates by the end of the year.


The Supreme Court did not comment on its decision, which supports a previous ruling by a lower court forcing California to free about 9,600 additional inmates by the end of the year. In 2011, federal judges ruled that the state must improve prison health conditions. Reducing the number of inmates was included as part of the process.

Since then, California has cut its prison population by about 25,000 inmates. State Gov. Jerry Brown claims that releasing even more could jeopardize public safety. It remains to be seen whether or not counties in California are equipped to handle the influx of inmates scheduled to occur.

“We haven’t projected for them. They are not part of our population modeling. So you can’t give them to us. We’re not ready for this yet,” Jerry Powers, a member of the Los Angeles County Probation Department, told the local ABC news affiliate in Los Angeles.

According to ABC, Los Angeles County could find itself making room for about 3,000 inmates in January 2014.

“The state’s reclassification of mentally disordered offenders so that they’re no longer mentally disordered offenders because of a signature on a piece of paper has resulted in an undue burden to our local county probation officers,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich said.

California is still trying to strike a deal with the courts that would delay the release of prisoners beyond the start of the new year. Gov. Brown has also signed a bill that would allow the state to hold inmates in private and county jails should it fail to arrange a delay of the January deadline.

Attorneys representing the inmates are currently in the midst of settlement negotiations with the state. At least one is arguing that Tuesday’s decision should compel California to begin complying with the judges’ ruling.

“They already lost once and the Supreme Court said you don’t get a second bite at the apple,” Michael Bien, one of the attorneys representing inmates, said to Time. “Hopefully it’s the signal to all the parties that it’s time to comply with the three-judge court’s orders and move on with the reforms that are necessary, rather than resisting.”

This is just the latest chapter in a dispute that began in 2001, when a lawsuit filed on behalf of inmates argued that poor prison conditions violated inmates’ constitutional rights against cruel and unusual punishment. When federal judges agreed, California was required to upgrade its medical facilities and staff, and reduce overcrowding.

The Supreme Court’s decision to reject California’s appeal comes just over one month after inmates ended an attention-grabbing hunger strike at the state’s largest prison. In an attempt to protest the poor conditions they found themselves in because of the prison’s lengthy solitary confinement policies, about 30,000 inmates began refusing meals in a strike that would last for two months. By the end of the second month, the number of participants fell to 100, but lawmakers agreed to hold legislative hearings this autumn to discuss policy change proposals.


Note: Sounds like Brown is getting pressure from the shareholders of the corporate prisons to keep innocent people locked up who’ve committed non-violent crimes . Locking up people in jail with mental health problems is only exacerbating society’s ills, which includes people who are incarcerated for substance abuse issues. If all those people were released from prison into rehab


Richard Fine Knocks Off Another Judge

It’s a time for vision and patience, to prevent chaos the Walls of the matrix are coming down one brick at a time…

Appearing in this video are Richard I Fine, former U S Prosecutor and Steve Ipsen, Deputy District Attorney who discuss how L A County payments to Judges create a problem of bias when sitting on cases where the County is involved. Judge Chalfant has received $608,000 from L. A. County according to the Auditor’s Report obtained by Richard I . Fine who says that the Judge had no choice but to Recuse himself from sitting on his Motion to Null and Void all of Judge David Yaffe’s Orders, including his Contempt Order that held Fine In solitary “coercive confinement” for eighteen months in the L A County Jail.
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Never Get Busted Again – Part 1 – Traffic Stops **HIGHLY Recommended**

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October 26th, 2013 in Washington, D.C. A Rally Against Mass Surveillance

It’s time we drop all dogma’s and “cross cultural” labels to peacefully stand in our power as One People united, lets join together to take our country and the planet back from the criminals….

Announcing the Rally Against Mass Surveillance

18 Sep 2013

The recent NSA revelations have laid it all out: The NSA is watching us online and on our phones. The NSA has corrupted security and cryptography, undermining the fabric of the Internet. Its overreaching surveillance is creating a climate of fear, chills free speech, and violates our basic human rights — and it operates without any meaningful oversight.

But a movement is building to change all this. And we’re about to take the next step.

On Saturday, October 26 — the 12th anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act — thousands of people from across the political spectrum will unite in Washington, D.C. to proclaim: Enough is enough. Stop watching us.

StopWatching.Us is a diverse coalition including more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across ideological lines, including the ACLU, Access, Demand Progress, Electronic Frontier Foundation, FreedomWorks, Fight for the Future, Free Press, Mozilla, reddit, Restore the Fourth and Thoughtworks. This coalition is working to organize the biggest mass protest of the NSA’s surveillance programs to date. Will you join us?

Hundreds of thousands of people have spoken out since the major NSA leaks began this June. More than 560,000 people took action at StopWatching.Us by signing our petition to the U.S. Congress. Dozens of members of Congress have introduced bills aimed at reining in the NSA, and hundreds of organizations and companies are uniting to end the NSA’s unconstitutional surveillance.

But we will only succeed if we take the next step and raise our voices.

At the StopWatching.Us rally on October 26, we’ll remind our elected officials that they work for us, not the NSA. We are demanding a full Congressional investigation of America’s surveillance programs, reform to federal surveillance law, and accountability from public officials responsible for hiding this surveillance from lawmakers and the public. And we will personally deliver the half million petition signatures to Congress.

This will be the biggest rally for privacy the U.S. has ever seen. Will you be there? More here:


U.S. Sheriffs Rise Up Against Federal Government: Sheriff Threatens Feds With SWAT Team ~ Grass Roots Take Charge!

Woot, woot…go Team Light!! Even tho there are challenges ahead, this is great news!

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U.S. Sheriffs Rise Up Against Federal Government: Sheriff Threatens Feds With SWAT Team ~ Grass Roots Take Charge!

As more people became dissatisfied with federal government controls and land grabs, it was inevitable that local law enforcement would eventually see the bigger picture.

At the northern California fairgrounds of Yreka last month, seven California sheriffs and another from Oregon gathered with a large group of citizens to say that they are finally going to do something about it.

“A giant has been awakened,” said Plumas County, Calif. Sheriff Greg Hagwood, “and they didn’t count on that,” speaking of the federal bureaucracy.

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Montana Sheriffs

Montana Sheriffs

With exposure of the Emergency Management Center in San Luis Obispo a few decades ago, California began to offer the rest of the nation some evidence of the psychological conditioning aimed from the federal level at state, county and city law enforcement.

Sheriff 2

Dean Wilson, sheriff of Del Norte County (Sacramento), is a great example of this great awakening.

He received the loudest and longest applause  for his candor in confessing past faults after apologizing for not understanding the central government assault and land grab being committed against the people and what he should have been doing about it.

Only in the past year has he done a turnaround and begun to behave as a county sheriff instead of an extension of federal law enforcement.

Sheriff Swat

Sheriff Swat Team Vehicle

“I had spent a good part of my life enforcing the penal code, but not understanding my oath of office,” he told the audience. “I was ignorant and naïve, but now I know of the assault against our people by the federal government.”

Host sheriff John Lopey of Siskiyou County, speaking about the federal environmental intervention, said: “I have told federal and state officials over and over that, yes, we want to preserve the environment, but you care more about the fish, frogs, trees and birds than you do about the  human race. When will you start to balance your decisions to the needs of the people?”

Later he told the audience, “We are right now in a fight for our survival.”

Glenn Palmer, sheriff of Grant County, Oregon, said, “If an elected official has not taken an oath of office, he does not belong in office.”

AFP readers are familiar with the work of former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, who has spent the latter half of his life teaching sheriffs that they are the top law enforcement officers in their counties despite continuing federal intervention attempts.

The ears that were deaf for so long may finally be starting to hear.

The Thin Blue Line against terrorism.....Leon County Sheriff's SWAT team members (right to left--foreground to background) Lee Fuller, Fred Smelt, Sgt. Bruce Gaines and Sgt. Sparkie Pruett and the other 21 members of their team are learning new techniques to combat terrorist threats. A recent federal grant of nearly $9 million helped to man Florida SWAT teams with new sophisticated gear. More money is on the way.

The Thin Blue Line against tyranny…..Leon County Sheriff’s SWAT team members are learning new techniques to combat threats against their State of Florida.

“It’s becoming a national movement now,” Mack told AFP, citing Immigration and Naturalization Service failure at the Mexican borders, the phony drug war, plus IRS and other unconstitutional intervention within these states.

His plans to take this movement national will be launched at a January meeting, where he anticipates 200 sheriffs will be in attendance.

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“The county sheriff is the last line of defense guarding our people’s liberty,” he said.

Retired USAF Col. Richard Niemela of Reston, Va. has been exposing the federal monster for years.

He told AFP:

“It’s the surreptitious domination by international globalists insidiously using unauthorized and illegal tactics to render null and void those historic and unique powers of the sheriff.”

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Sheriff Swat Team

VIDEO: Jon Stewart Slams CNN for Chaotic, ‘Vomit-like’ Coverage of Mass Shooting in Washington



“It’s time we kicked those bastards to the curb.”





John Stewart ripped CNN apart on Tuesday night’s Daily Show for it’s appalling coverage of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting – specifically for drawing speculative conclusions in the absence of concrete facts.


“All of yesterday’s confusion in the reporting is not a mistake, because sadly the one thing in this country they should have great practice in covering are these horrific shooting tragedies and there are a ton of really smart people and good journalists who work at CNN and this is only five months after all the criticism of CNN ‘s chaotic Boston terrorism coverage including when they announced on air an arrest that had not happened,” he said.


Stewart concluded by saying that the “chaos and vomit onto the screen” that CNN displayed is a deliberate “feature, not a bug”:


“The lesson they take from this is, it doesn’t matter how much they betray our trust, we’ll keep coming back. We’re in an abusive relationship with CNN!” he said.


Watch the video


Ed, note: Very funny! Okay John you nailed it, ‘cept for one thing…encouraging people to get off the couch, turn off TV news and explore Alternative News option still relying on investigative journalism for the facts…not rip and read reporters citing pre-written scripts from the AP news wire or editors desk. Ohhh, that’s right…if you did that people might learn these shootings are staged, right along with the news reports. As much as I love John Stewart, the show creates apathy by preventing many people from exploring other alternative news options since they feel like they’re already getting the “scoop” on corruption from The Daily Show or Corbett Report…which couldn’t be further from the truth, Stewart represents the “controlled opposition”. They give you just enough to keep you angry in fear, but offer no real solutions or remedy to regaining our sovereignty over the corruption in the “system”.


The Persecution of Cannabis Advocate Roger Christie in Hawaii

This story was sent to my email by Sherryanne, both she and her husband Roger Christie needs all the light, protection, love and visualizations of their freedom on Oct 8, we can send them. Over the last three years, the Christie family has suffered a horrible injustice, especially living in a state where marijuana is decriminalized…Mahalo for your support, Annette!

A federal judge Wednesday rejected the religious freedom defense raised by Hawaii island cannabis advocate Roger Christie to his marijuana-trafficking charges.


U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi ruled that the prosecution had establish-ed that the practices of The Hawaii Cannabis Ministry, led by Christie, posed a substantial risk that marijuana would be distributed to people who were not members of the ministry and those people would use marijuana for nonreligious purposes.


The judge held that the prosecution showed that the marijuana laws are the “least restrictive means” to halt the distribution of “mass quantities of marijuana to non-adherents” of Christie’s ministry.


Christie and his wife, Sherryanne, raised the defense under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act that seeks to prevent government interference in a person’s free exercise of religion.


A ruling in favor of the Christies would have led to the dismissal of the charges against them.


Kobayashi’s decision clears the way for the Christies’ federal trial scheduled for Oct. 8.


Christie, 63, who has become an icon among marijuana advocates, maintained that cannabis is a sacrament and an integral part of the ministry.


He was arrested in July 2010 and has been held without bail for more than three years awaiting his trial.


Christie, his wife and 12 others were charged with marijuana trafficking related to Christie’s Hilo ministry.


His wife has been free on bond.


Most of the other defendants have pleaded guilty or will be pleading guilty to marijuana charges in the case.


projectpeace wrote:

Hawaii’s State-licensed Cannabis minister, Reverend Roger Christie, is a true American hero, who has been standing up honorably for everyone’s religious freedom, for more than ten years! Even if you disagree with the man, or doubt his sincerity, at the very least, in this country, everyone ought to have the right to present their side of any argument before being imprisoned. Roger has been indefinitely, coercively imprisoned without trail, refused bail eight times and denied visitors and barred from being interviewed by the national media, for three years and two months. Judge Kobayashi and the minions of injustice who are violating everyone’s civil liberties by terrorizing Reverend and Mrs. Christie are the real criminals. You can also thank Roger for providing evidence from the National Institute on Drug Abuse that concluded marijuana eradication caused the tsunami of hard drugs plaguing Hawai’i. What about the compelling interest there is in stopping the meth epidemic, by letting people have respectful access to the world’s safest, least harmful, and most ancient religious sacrament? People in Hawai’i will eventually learn the true, essential values to be found in eating raw, non-psychoactive Cannabis. There is nothing more effective than “hemp” for preventing cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and the deadly illnesses caused by nuclear radiation from Fukushima. Increasing solar UV-B radiation that’s poisoning Hawai’i right now. What the hell is the matter with people in Hawaii? Do you not keep track of what’s happening in Japan? Do you WANT to die from radiation? Free Reverend Roger Christie! Start growing Cannabis NOW as though your lives depended on it — before you get sick. Ultimate sacrifice, made by the courageous people who died for your freedoms, are being insulted by Roger’s anti-Constitutional imprisonment. Shame on Judge Kobayashi for recognizing the legitimacy of Roger’s ministry, yet still denying him the right of presenting his religious defense without being gagged & shackled by an unobjective court.

on September 12,2013 | 02:54PM




hrhornp wrote:


What a waste. Your tax dollars at work. Marijuana should just be made legal. Shame that so many are addicted to the prison industrial complex.


on September 12,2013 | 06:51AM






poidragon wrote:


It’s all about the money, money, money! The more prisoners you have locked up for what ever reason, the more money that must be spent to incarcerate them, feed and house them, etc………..making marijuana legal, while a logical and reasonable step, does not mean that the State of Hawaii will ever legalize it! Follow the money trails and see who are profiting off of it and expose their activities to the world!


on September 12,2013 | 02:04PM






eastsidegrrrl wrote:


Roger is not a threat to society and should be freed.


on September 12,2013 | 08:57AM






tiki886 wrote:


If Christie can smoke dope as a “Sacrament” to his religion, then the Mormons can engage in polygamy and the Jehovah’s Witnesses won’t have to pay their income taxes.


on September 12,2013 | 06:22PM






cojef wrote:


Tobacco has caused more problems healthwise than marijuana, likewise alcohol caused many deaths. Some Indians in the southwestern States us some kind plant in their religious ceremonies, so why not. As it is today, some of the parents don’t give doodle-poop about raising kids so why not let this guy go.


on September 12,2013 | 12:00PM






poidragon wrote:


Someone has to be prosecuted, or the Feds won’t have a good day! They spent all that money building a case against Roger Christy and no matter how many different civil liberties or constitutional freedoms they violate in doing so, they plan to persecute and prosecute him, just because they can!


on September 12,2013 | 02:08PM






dpinsacto wrote:




on September 12,2013 | 01:09PM






Kalaheo1 wrote:


Remember the HPD captain arrested for selling meth? He was out of jail in hours, but this poor buzzard has been locked up FOR THREE YEARS without a trial! That’s an abuse of this man’s rights far worse than selling a substance that has no known side effects beyond giggling and dry mouth.


on September 12,2013 | 02:05PM






CloudForest wrote:


Yet the federal agencies routinely break state, federal and international law with zero fear of punishment!! Prohibition NEVER works. Put the resources to much better uses and free up so many wasted lives by chasing crimes that matter.


on September 12,2013 | 02:13PM






false wrote:


Surly they didn’t expect anything else did they? Sorry to say but the bradda going up the creek.


on September 12,2013 | 02:18PM






pjb wrote:


Let it go this is stupid. Focus on real criminals.


on September 12,2013 | 03:38PM






noheawilli wrote:


Held without bail for three years….disgusting, what government is this? Where is the land of the free? Everyone from the judge down to the arresting officer should be ashamed.


on September 12,2013 | 05:26PM






kainalu wrote:


There’s no “quashing” that this is a purely political persecution. Beyond shameful, it disgustingly corrupt.


on September 12,2013 | 06:43PM






scooters wrote:


Happy smoke. Priceless…


on September 12,2013 | 10:12PM






Sr_Share_Christie wrote:


Please check out real information go to our website the-last-marijuana-trial.com or[ liberate Roger Christie] on Facebook, Roger and my daily prayer God that great! please show us the blessing in this situation and Hurry, we’re are safe, we are loved, and all is well.[ find out why Rogers believes there is more blessings then bummers. we also believe in the Hawaiian Hooponopono'o,


on September 12,2013 | 11:23PM


6:33 am - September 12, 2013 — Updated: 6:53 am - September 12, 2013


Religion defense rejected in marijuana case








A federal judge has denied a motion by a Hilo marijuana advocate and his wife to use as their defense against marijuana distribution charges a federal law that allows certain Native American religions the use of the hallucinogens peyote and ayahusca as religious sacraments.


The ruling filed Wednesday by U.S. Circuit Judge Leslie Kobayashi denies a request by Roger and Share Christie to use the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 in their upcoming trial. Their motion was opposed by federal prosecutors.


“The government has demonstrated that defendants’ practices and procedures in distributing marijuana through their ministry constituted a substantial risk of marijuana diversion to persons who were not members of defendants’ ministry, and for such persons to use the marijuana for purposes other than religious practice or belief,” Kobayashi wrote. “… The government has also demonstrated that ‘the least restrictive means to circumvent the diversion of mass quantities of marijuana to non-adherents of [defendants’ ministry] is a blanket rule criminalizing large quantities of marijuana.’”


Kobayashi earlier ruled that the Christies will be able to present a religious defense at trial to the element of intent to distribute marijuana.


Roger Christie’s The Hawaii Cannabis (THC) Ministry in downtown Hilo and Wainaku apartment were raided by the feds and local police on March 10, 2010. According to court documents, authorities confiscated approximately 845 grams of processed marijuana from the apartment, plus $21,494 cash found in a safe in the apartment and in a bank safe deposit box. The money and the apartment face possible federal forfeiture.


The Christies and 12 others were charged with conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute 284 marijuana plants, which carries a mandatory minimum prison term of five years and a maximum of 40 years if they’re convicted.


The others were granted bail, but U.S. Magistrate Kevin Chang ordered Roger Christie held without bail, calling him “a danger to the community.” He has been incarcerated for 3 1/2 years, awaiting a trial scheduled to start on Oct. 8.


Several co-defendants have made plea deals with the prosecution and one, Wesley Sudbury, remains a fugitive.

Red Ice Insight – A Nuke in Charleston, SC?

Outstanding approach to combating this potential false flag operation and the obvious fear porn riding it’s coat-tails, GREAT report Red Ice!

PLEASE do your part to fight back against fear based, war mongering propaganda and share freely! It’s time to reclaim our sovereignty from rogue governments and state owned media. Mahalo…


Companies Like Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo And Google Were Paid By The NSA

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Far from being unwilling participants in America’s National Security Agency’s data trawl it now appears US companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Google were actually paid by the NSA.

Secret documents supplied to British newspaper the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden prove the companies took the cash to pay for the costs of making their systems compatible with the NSA’s eavesdropping techniques.

The modifications enabled the NSA to comply with the US constitution’s fourth amendment, which it had been breaking for years by not differentiating between domestic traffic and foreign communications.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court ruled in October 2011 that the NSA’s actions were unconstitutional, nearly a decade after it had begun its spying activities.

Faced with intense pressure from the UK authorities, which included the detention of David Miranda last week and the confiscation of his data storage devices, the Guardian says it has entered into a partnership with the New York Times. A series of stories are expected to be published jointly next month.

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Journalists Under Attack – New World Next Week ~ Corbett Report

Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week, James and James try something different as they cover a number of updates and addenda to breaking news stories from across the globe:

CIA Documents Acknowledge Role In Iran’s ’53 Operation Ajax Coup

NSA Surveillance Said To Be Broader Than Initially Believed – Covers 75% Of Internet

White House Won’t Condemn Detention of Glenn Greenwald’s Partner

NSA Collects ‘Word for Word’ Every Domestic Communication, Says Former Analyst

Guardian Editor Says Destruction Of Snowden Data “Won’t Harm Our Reporting”

Why The Guardian Destroyed Hard Drives Of Leaked Files

Michael Hastings’ Toxicology Reports Twisted Throughout Media

Bradley Manning Gets 35 Years For Leaking Classified Files

Video: Latest Syrian Chemical Attack Follows History of False Flag Provocations

Tank At Crippled Japan Nuclear Plant Leaks Highly Radioactive Water

At The Root Of Egyptian Rage Is A Deepening Resource Crisis

Why Conspiracy Theories Still Haunt Princess Diana

Ground Zero On The CIA’s Area 51 “Admissions”

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WikiLeaks Bradley Manning’s Attorney Addresses Public

Even tho this event was hosted in December 2012, it’s important that we keep Bradley Manning in our hearts and not let his memory fade after the recent guilty verdict. Until the time comes when these kangaroo court systems are dismantled so people like Bradly can find the path toward freedom and justice, we must continue to fight for his cause.  Remember, there are positive factions of the military that support Bradley and it is my belief that after the “event” his honor will be vindicated so that he may walk as a free man once again. Please share and remember to keep a place for Bradley’s freedom in your sacred heart space…mahalo!

Event hosted by the Bradley Manning Support Network in support of whistleblower Bradley Manning. Learn more and get involved at http://www.bradleymanning.org

Video taken on December 3, 2012 includes presentation by attorney David Coombs, with comments by Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Emma Cape of the Bradley Manning Support Network.

“And with your actions, the draconian conditions that he lived under for nine months came to an end… Now we all know Brad cannot be here tonight, but he knows tonight is happening, and he wanted me to personally thank each and every one of you… most of all, he wanted me to thank you for caring, caring about him.”

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Michael Hastings’ Toxicology Reports Twisted Throughout Media…

Note: The mainstream verbiage behind this tragedy is a perfect example of how news media is controlled.. Not too mention the intimidation factor when an investigative journalist is assassinated to make an example out of journalists or whistleblowers who talk too much. Thankfully there are courageous people like Glenn Greenwald, Cenk Unger, Matt Taibi, Henrick Palmgren and others who aren’t cowering in fear of the system.

We all need to stand together in non-compliance as a cooperation of non-cooperatives to show support for these brave individuals who literally risk their lives to bring truth in to the Light for all to see ;)

“Journalist Michael Hastings, who was killed in a fiery Los Angeles crash in June, died of “traumatic injuries” as a result of the accident and had traces of drugs in his system, Los Angeles coroner’s officials said Tuesday.

Hastings, 33, died June 18 in a single-vehicle accident. His car burst into flames and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coroner’s officials said Hastings had traces of amphetamine in his system, consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine many hours before death, as well as marijuana. Neither were considered a factor in the crash, according to toxicology reports.”* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.

Read more here from Andrew Blankstein / LA Times:

Glenn Greenwald Fires Back After Partner Detained At Heathrow

Journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote a scathing piece in The Guardian in response to the questionable circumstances under which his partner David Miranda was detained (“under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000″*) at Heathrow airport by UK authorities. Greenwald says it was a failed attempt at intimidation in light of Greenwald’s revelations regarding NSA spying leaks from Edward Snowden.

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The Guardian: Glenn Greenwald: detaining my partner was a failed attempt at intimidation







The detention of my partner, David Miranda, by UK authorities will have the opposite effect of the one intended
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/18/david-miranda-detained-uk-nsaGlenn Greenwald

The Guardian, Sunday 18 August 2013

At 6:30 am this morning my time – 5:30 am on the East Coast of the US – I received a telephone call from someone who identified himself as a “security official at Heathrow airport.” He told me that my partner, David Miranda, had been “detained” at the London airport “under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000.”

David had spent the last week in Berlin, where he stayed with Laura Poitras, the US filmmaker who has worked with me extensively on the NSA stories. A Brazilian citizen, he was returning to our home in Rio de Janeiro this morning on British Airways, flying first to London and then on to Rio. When he arrived in London this morning, he was detained.

At the time the “security official” called me, David had been detained for 3 hours. The security official told me that they had the right to detain him for up to 9 hours in order to question him, at which point they could either arrest and charge him or ask a court to extend the question time. The official – who refused to give his name but would only identify himself by his number: 203654 – said David was not allowed to have a lawyer present, nor would they allow me to talk to him.

I immediately contacted the Guardian, which sent lawyers to the airport, as well various Brazilian officials I know. Within the hour, several senior Brazilian officials were engaged and expressing indignation over what was being done. The Guardian has the full story here.

Despite all that, five more hours went by and neither the Guardian’s lawyers nor Brazilian officials, including the Ambassador to the UK in London, were able to obtain any information about David. We spent most of that time contemplating the charges he would likely face once the 9-hour period elapsed.

According to a document published by the UK government about Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act, “fewer than 3 people in every 10,000 are examined as they pass through UK borders” (David was not entering the UK but only transiting through to Rio). Moreover, “most examinations, over 97%, last under an hour.” An appendix to that document states that only .06% of all people detained are kept for more than 6 hours.

The stated purpose of this law, as the name suggests, is to question people about terrorism. The detention power, claims the UK government, is used “to determine whether that person is or has been involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.”

But they obviously had zero suspicion that David was associated with a terrorist organization or involved in any terrorist plot. Instead, they spent their time interrogating him about the NSA reporting which Laura Poitras, the Guardian and I are doing, as well the content of the electronic products he was carrying. They completely abused their own terrorism law for reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism: a potent reminder of how often governments lie when they claim that they need powers to stop “the terrorists”, and how dangerous it is to vest unchecked power with political officials in its name.

Worse, they kept David detained right up until the last minute: for the full 9 hours, something they very rarely do. Only at the last minute did they finally release him. We spent all day – as every hour passed – worried that he would be arrested and charged under a terrorism statute. This was obviously designed to send a message of intimidation to those of us working journalistically on reporting on the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ.

Before letting him go, they seized numerous possessions of his, including his laptop, his cellphone, various video game consoles, DVDs, USB sticks, and other materials. They did not say when they would return any of it, or if they would.

This is obviously a rather profound escalation of their attacks on the news-gathering process and journalism. It’s bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources. It’s worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they felt threatened by. But the UK puppets and their owners in the US national security state obviously are unconstrained by even those minimal scruples.

If the UK and US governments believe that tactics like this are going to deter or intimidate us in any way from continuing to report aggressively on what these documents reveal, they are beyond deluded. If anything, it will have only the opposite effect: to embolden us even further. Beyond that, every time the US and UK governments show their true character to the world – when they prevent the Bolivian President’s plane from flying safely home, when they threaten journalists with prosecution, when they engage in behavior like what they did today – all they do is helpfully underscore why it’s so dangerous to allow them to exercise vast, unchecked spying power in the dark.

David was unable to call me because his phone and laptop are now with UK authorities. So I don’t yet know what they told him. But the Guardian’s lawyer was able to speak with him immediately upon his release, and told me that, while a bit distressed from the ordeal, he was in very good spirits and quite defiant, and he asked the lawyer to convey that defiance to me. I already share it, as I’m certain US and UK authorities will soon see.


Smart Meters Exposed as part of NSA ‘PRISM’ Spying Scam


Smart Meters Exposed as part of NSA ‘PRISM’ Spying Scam
August 15, 2013


(NaturalNews) There is a sinister agenda underway to forcibly convert every standard electric meter in the U.S. to the “smart” variety under the guise of promoting renewable energy interests. And one of the latest pieces of Trojan horse legislation pushing for this ominous transformation is the Smart Grid Advancement Act of 2013, introduced by Representative Jerry McNerney (D-Cal.) and co-authored by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.), which would force utilities all across the country to convert their customers to smart meters.

The new bill, as stated in a recent press release posted on Rep. McNerney’s website, would require virtually all energy utility companies nationwide to implement so-called “smart grid technologies,” which in turn would require the installation of smart meters on customers’ homes and businesses. Smart meters, as you may already be aware, contain wireless communication components that are not only a serious threat to human health, but also a monumental detriment to personal privacy.

But crafty politicians like Rep. McNerney and Rep. Cartwright are couching the technology as a viable way to help save people money by lowering their electricity bills. This explanation, of course, is meant to divert attention away from the not-so-enticing fact that the technology is really nothing more than a massive, interconnected government spying and control apparatus.

“[The bill] would apparently require all electricity providers, including rural cooperatives and municipal utilities, to join the ‘smart’ grid and install ‘smart’ meters,” explains the energy freedom advocacy group StopSmartMeters.org.

What else does this inauspicious bill aim to accomplish? According to a summary of the bill, posted as H.R. 2685 at GovTrack.us — you need to read between the lines to really understand what is being stated in this summary — certified Energy Star appliances and other energy-saving products will be required to contain wireless technologies capable of communicating with both energy providers and potentially even the government.

“[T]he bill would require appliances with the Energy Star label to include wireless transmitters that cannot be turned off, in order to communicate (and presumably cough up your private data and respond to orders from Big Brother Smart Grid to switch you off at a moment’s notice, as happened to dozens of people in Northern California recently when their not-so-smart-AC program cut off their air conditioning at the height of the recent heat wave,” adds StopSmartMeters.org.

“The bill would also establish a ‘smart grid information center’ that would presumably create pro-smart-grid propaganda at the taxpayer’s expense.”

Smart meters exposed as part of NSA ‘PRISM’ spying scam

Even worse is the fact that Landis Gyr, a major smart meter manufacturer that describes itself as a “world leader” in smart grid technology, let the cat out of the bag that the National Security Agency (NSA), which we now know actively spies on innocent Americans’ phone calls and text messages, also uses smart meters to spy on Americans.

Thanks to a NaturalNews reader tip, we learned that Landis Gyr recently had a company voicemail message that admitted smart meter technology is part of the NSA’s “PRISM” spying and surveillance program. Since gaining national attention about this admission, Landis Gyr has apparently altered its company voicemail message to omit this indicting information.

Your help needed to oppose HR 2685, the Smart Meter Trojan Horse Act

H.R. 2685 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration, which means this is the first point of contact in effectively killing this bill. StopSmartMeters.org has set up a helpful action page that you can use to contact not only the committee but also the bill’s sponsors and the rest of your Congressmen:

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Lavabit Shutdown, Mars Mission, Weed TV ~ New World Next Week, Corbett Report

Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:

Story #1: Encrypted Email Providers Shutter Services To Protect Users From Government Snoops
Microsoft Reverses Itself on Xbox One Camera Requirement Because Of NSA Spying Revelations
Jailed Qwest CEO claimed that NSA retaliated because he wouldn’t participate in spy program
NWNW Flashback: Microsoft’s Kinect – Is Your Videogame Machine Watching You?
Obama Achieves What Nixon Couldn’t As Bradley Manning Convicted Of Espionage

Story #2: More than 100,000 People Want To Fly To Mars In 2022 – And Never Come Back
After Six Months, Mars Food Study Researchers Emerge From Under The Dome In Alaska

Story #3: Is The CFR Pushing For Medical Marijuana?
Video: Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Inside Man’ On Medical Marijuana
Video: Weed – A Dr. Sanjay Gupta Special

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New Tom Secker Article: ‘The CIA’s role in Hollywood’

Friday, 2 August 2013

Tom Secker is a British based writer, researcher and filmmaker who specializes in terrorism, the security services and declassified history.  He has been writing on the philosophy and politics of fear since 2008. He also periodically contributes here on SmellsLikeHumanSpirit.com, and previously appeared on the Podcast in Episodes 12, 45, and 78. Below is his latest article, ‘The CIA’s role in Hollywood’:

Secret agents are supposed to be secret but their existence is common knowledge.  We know that they exist, but most people don’t know what they get up to, what they actually do.  The main reason for this is that the conventional news media coverage of intelligence agencies focuses almost exclusively on them gathering information, portraying them as passive observers of the shadowy underworlds that surround our ‘civilization’.  Their active role in covertly wielding influence on both a small and large scale is essentially ignored.
The vacuum left by the absence of real-life news media reporting on the actions of the secret services is filled with spy-fi, or spy fiction.  The world’s most famous spy, James Bond, has been aped across the world, the US versions even sometimes bearing the same initials – Jack Bauer from 24 and Jason Bourne from the Bourne films are simple examples.  Throughout the decades it has largely been British authors – Somerset Maugham in the 1930s, Ian Fleming in the 1950s, John le Carré and others since then - who set the tone and standards for spy-fi authors.  Most of these people were themselves spies for the British security services – Maugham worked for MI6 during WW1, Fleming ran a naval intelligence commando unit during WW2, le Carré was MI5 and MI6.
It was in Fleming’s James Bond novels in the 1950s that the CIA, at that time an agency whose existence was not officially admitted, were first named and portrayed.  As recent research by Dr Christopher Moran has shown, Fleming was friends with then-CIA director Allen Dulles, who was ‘fascinated’ by the Bond novels and in particular the gadgetry.  Over time the two became closer friends, to the extent that Dulles even asked Fleming to use his popular books to help portray the CIA in a positive light.  Similarly, it was British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock who largely created the spy thriller genre in cinema in the inter-war period.  It was in Hitchcock’s late-50s film North by Northwest that Hollywood first named and depicted the CIA.  In both print and on the screen it was left to British creative talent to break the ground of public portraits of the CIA.
However, unlike Fleming and others, there is no evidence that Hitchcock himself ever worked for the security services, though he was spied on for a time by the FBI.  This included one incident in the early 1960s where an FBI mole at Revue Studios told the Bureau that a character in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents was an ‘improper portrayal of an FBI agent’.  The Feds applied pressure and the character was watered down to being a private detective who used to work for the Bureau.
Much the same process continues today.  The former head of MI5 Stella Rimington is writing popular spy-fi, the British security services provided ‘former’ officers as advisers on the hugely popular TV show Spooks and the CIA is deeply involved in Hollywood.  In my previous article for this site I outlined how the CIA’s first official entertainment industry liaison Chase Brandon recruited actress Jennifer Garner to appear in a CIA recruitment ad.  However, that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Chase Brandon was a technical consultant on the show Alias, which launched Garner to stardom.  He was also a consultant on The Sum of All Fears (2002) and The Recruit (2003), both immediate post-9/11 films that depicted the CIA in an extremely favourable light.  Just like the pre-9/11 Enemy of the State (1998) the images and stories in these films and TV shows are a synthesis of high-value production with the glory of the security state.  Sexy young things run about and look confused for our amusement, while advanced technology spies on everything to provide the watching audience with a near-omniscient perspective.  Two spectacles for the price of one, you might say.
One particular interesting nexus of connections is worthy of greater scrutiny.  The Sum of All Fears starred Ben Affleck in the ‘sexy young thing running about’ role.  Not long after, Affleck and Garner met while co-starring in the film Daredevil (2003) and they fell in love and got married in 2005.  This is perhaps not at all surprising as they had a lot in common: they were born in the same year, were both rising stars, and had both worked on CIA-assisted productions.  Since they met Garner appeared in a CIA recruitment ad (2004) and more recently Ben Affleck directed and starred in the Academy Award-winning film Argo (2012) which tells the largely true story of the CIA setting up a fake film company as the cover for a black operation.  It is fair to say that they are not only one of Hollywood’s favorite couples, they are one of the CIA’s favorites too.
The links don’t stop there.  One of Argo’s producers was George Clooney, who made Syriana (2007), based on former CIA officer Bob Baer’s experiences in the Middle East.  Clooney is also a listed member of the Council on Foreign Relations, perhaps the most influential foreign policy think tank in the US.  Before he got involved in CIA productions Affleck also starred in Armageddon (1998) and Pearl Harbour (2001), two action-disaster films that some people see as predictive programming for 9/11, the ‘new Pearl Harbour’.  Both films were made by whizz-bang closeupwobblecam merchant Michael Bay, and both were produced with assistance from the Pentagon.
If all this is making you wonder whether Hollywood is largely populated by CIA agents and whether Affleck himself is a CIA agent then you aren’t alone.  Fortunately, someone actually felt the need to ask Affleck about these issues:
That’s right, according to Affleck ‘Probably, Hollywood is full of CIA agents’ that we don’t know about.  However, it is perhaps more pertinent to focus our attention on the ones we do know about, such as Chase Brandon’s replacement Paul Barry.  He told Dr Tricia Jenkins that in his view, ‘Most Americans are content to accept Hollywood’s message. Very few ever conduct any research to determine the truth. This is reinforced to us by the public e-mail we receive. In most instances, Hollywood is the only way the public learns about the Agency and Americans frequently shape their judgments about us based on films.’

What can we do about this?  For one, by spotting the spooks in Hollywood we can show those people who do shape their judgments about the CIA based on films that they are being duped, and deliberately so.  The CIA is not a heroic, patriotic institution that wants to protect the lives of ordinary Americans and help spread peace and freedom, no matter how many Chase Brandon-aided films put phrases like that in their dialogue.  If they were such an institution then they wouldn’t have to employ people like Brandon and Barry to massage their image and weaponize the dream factories.  The very existence of people like Brandon and Barry tells us there’s a problem within the CIA, a problem Hollywood cannot solve.  For another, the likes of Affleck and Garner are not celebrities we should look up to, but are the pawns of professional deceivers and therefore probably deserve our pity.  At the very least we could stop paying for our own deception, and encourage others to stop paying for theirs.


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